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ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA: Pilgrimage to Our Beloved Patron Saint in Padova, Italy (A Pilgrim’s Photo Essay)

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ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (or PADOVA in Italian) is a Miracle Worker, the Hammer of Heretics, and more popularly known as the Patron Saint of Finding Things & Lost People.

He is my patron saint, and my mother always prayed to him for guidance and protection when I was growing up. Also, a lot of businessmen in Manila have St. Anthony as their patron saint because he often intercedes and blesses their businesses to be successful.

I finally had the chance of a lifetime to go on a pilgrimage to St. Anthony Basilica early this year in Padova, Italy. This is where his blessed body lies after his death on June 13, 1231. We celebrate the feast day of St. Anthony on June 13 to commemorate his blessedness.

Here is the photo essay of our Pilgrimage to St. Anthony de Padua Basilica to kick off the Northern Italy series in OAP:

7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy Series:

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SINGAPORE CHINATOWN WALK: Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way™ (A Review) @VisitSingapore

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Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way™ A Chinatown Walk is a 3.5+ hours heritage walking tour of Singapore’s Chinatown created by Journeys Singapore.  

It’s one of the inspiration behind the Chinatown Food Tour by Ivan Man Dy in Manila.

Here’s a photo essay review of my first walking tour experience in Singapore:

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    GARDENS BY THE BAY: Singapore’s Iconic Super Trees, Cloud Dome, and Sleeping Child Installation Art @VisitSingapore

    2/23/15 Update: GARDENS BY THE BAY Singapore: What’s the Best Way to Explore the Gardens? @VisitSingapore 

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    GARDENS BY THE BAY is Singapore’s newest icon — a $1-billion investment over a 100-hectare green park zone located in Marina Bay’s “new downtown” area. It is known for its 12 Steel Giant Supertrees and 2 cooled dome conservatories: The Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome.

    It is a project by Singapore’s National Parks Board, which aims to boldly transform the City of Singapore into a “City in a Garden” instead of just a “Garden City”. It was recently awarded the World Building of the Year in the World Architecture Festival 2012.

    This is definitely one of the Singapore attractions I would recommend for a date with that special someone or to spend time with the family. You need to allot 3 hours max to explore the gardens.

    Here are some tips on how to have an awesome experience in Gardens by the Bay:

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    #Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Baguio, Food

    C BOUTIQUE HOTEL and the Flavors of Baguio Food Tour

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    C BOUTIQUE HOTEL is a homey 17-room boutique hotel by Charley Antonio. It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood near Wright Park and is walking distance from the Mines View area.

    You can think of it as a nice home away from home when you are in Baguio. One of the things I like in C Boutique is waking up to a yummy breakfast experience. This summer, Our Awesome Planet collaborated with C Boutique to enhance the Baguio experience with the Flavors of Baguio tour.

    Here is our C Boutique and Flavors of Baguio Experience:

    Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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    #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

    HILL STATION: One of the BEST Restaurants in Baguio! (Revisited)

    Read First: HILL STATION & Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio

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    HILL STATION is one of the best restaurants in Baguio showcasing the different flavors and influences of Mitos Benitez-Yñiquez’s  travel all around Europe, America and Asia. It won back-to-back recognition in the Miele’s Best Restaurants in Asia awards.

    It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the Philippines because you can explore the world through her food with fine-dining quality but with a casual Baguio log-cabin ambiance.

    We want to revisit Hill Station to savor their meat dishes especially at night.

     

    Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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    #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio

    TAM-AWAN: Baguio’s Artist Village and Gardens in the Baguio Sky

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    TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts, and Baguio’s art and culture scene. It was established by National Artist BenCab in 1998 together with Chanum Foundation to promote the local Baguio Artists. Tam-awan is a local word which means “vantage point”. 

    You can check out the permanent and occasional art exhibits from various Baguio artists. Also, artists are always available to sketch your portrait. There is a Cafe where you can get a taste of Cordillera flavors. Lastly, you can immerse yourself in the culture by staying overnight in the village in one of the authentic Ifugao huts.

    Here’s a quick tour of TAM-AWAN Village:

    Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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    #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

    ROSE BOWL: Baguio’s Home-Grown BEST Chinese Food since 1945

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    ROSE BOWL Steakhouse and Restaurant is the de facto Chinese food of choice when you are in Baguio. It was known as Rice Bowl from 1945 to 1968 and renamed Rose Bowl on March 7, 1969 by Artemio and Lourdes Nang.

    To ensure the original high quality of the food they serve, they decided not to franchise but decided to put up a lone branch in Bauang, La Union operated by their son, Dr. Peter Paul R. Nang. 

    Their food is Cantonese Chinese cuisine served in family-sharing portions.

    Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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    SOLIBAO: Baguio’s BEST Filipino Restaurant since 1972

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    SOLIBAO is a home-grown Filipino restaurant established in 1972, now with 6 branches around Baguio and still counting. Its name was inspired by the drums used by the Igorot in the Cordilleras. It is best known for its yummy Filipino recipes like Pancit Palabok, Kare-Kare and Puto Bumbong. 

    We tried the Solibao which is the in-house resto of the Heritage Mansion. It was my first time to tried Solibao, and here is our experience:

    Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time! 

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    #Travel, Catanduanes

    CATANDUANES: Exploring the Catanduanes Isles in Bicol

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    Catanduanes holds a special place in my heart because this is where our roots are. My mom was born into the Soria and Rojas families in Bato, Catanduanes.

    I remember visiting Catanduanes when we were still kids and I was excited to go back and explore the southern part of the island from San Andres to Virac to  Bato, and all the way to Puraran in Baras.

    Here’s a photo essay of our Catanduanes trip:

    MAJESTIC CATANDUANES Series:

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    #Travel, Catanduanes

    CATANDUANES Food You Should Not Miss to Eat :)

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    I love Catanduanes food specially the Mud Crabs and fresh seafood, Pili Nut (which is like Macadamia nut), the Catanduanes Cacao, and different kakanins.

    Food in Bicol uses a lot of coconut milk (gata) but those in Catanduanes are not as spicy as in other Bicol towns. 

    I also love the scenic picnic lunch by the beach and boodle fight in Sea Breeze.

    Your Catanduanes Trip is not complete without trying these Catanduanes food:

    MAJESTIC CATANDUANES Series:

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